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Dr Howard Finn


Teaching Fellow



I began my academic career teaching and working on modernist literature and, after teaching film at Essex University for five years, I returned to teaching modern literature and various critical theory  courses at Queen Mary, where I’ve been teaching for over a decade, currently as a teaching fellow.

Undergraduate Teaching

I have taught on:

  • ESH314: James Joyce's Ulysses
  • ESH319: Michel Foucault
  • ESH330: Virginia Woolf
  • ESH344: British Culture in the 1950s


Research Interests:

  • Modernist  literature
  • Post-war British novel
  • Critical theory
  • International cinema and film theory

Recent and On-Going Research

My primary current activity is editing a new edition of Dorothy Richardson’s 1927 modernist novel Oberland as part of the AHRC funded ‘Richardson Scholarly Editions Project’, to be published by Oxford University Press. My most recent publication is an interview with the novelist Eva Tucker which appears in Pilgrimages Issue 7 2015.



Cinematic Modernism and Contemporary Film (Bloomsbury, January 2023) 

Book chapters

  • ‘Writing Lives: Dorothy Richardson, May Sinclair, Gertrude Stein’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel, edited by Morag Shiach (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • ‘The Open Image: Poetic Realism and the New Iranian Cinema’, co-authored with Shohini Chaudhuri, in Screening World Cinema, edited by Catherine Grant and Annette Kuhn (Routledge, 2006): Reprinted in  Genre, Gender, Race, and World Cinema: An Anthology, edited by Julie F. Codell, (Blackwell, 2006)

Journal Articles

  • ‘The Open Image: Poetic Realism and the New Iranian Cinema’, co-authored with Shohini Chaudhuri in Screen, Vol.44: 1 (Oxford University Press, 2003) Also translated into Hungarian in Metropolis: Quarterly on Film Theory and History 06:3 (Budapest, 2006)
  • ‘”In the Quicksands of Disintegrating Faiths” Dorothy Richardson and the Quakers’, in Literature and Theology, Vol 19 :1 (Oxford University Press, March 2005)
  • ‘Modernist Women’ in Women: A Cultural Review, Vol.15:3 (London: Routledge, 2004)
  • ‘Jean Mitry, The Aesthetics and Psychology of the Cinema’, in Screen Vol.44:4 (Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • ‘Objects of Description: Dorothy Richardson, Modernism and the Nouveau Roman’, in Paragraph: A Journal of Critical Theory, Vol. 25: 3 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002)
  • ‘Coming Out into Modernism: Bryher and Richardson’, (review article) in Women: A Cultural Review, Vol.13: 2 (London: Routledge, 2002)
  • ‘Modernism and Suffragette Prison Narratives’, in Keywords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 3: 2000 (Raymond Williams Trust Society, University of Nottingham, 2000)
  • ‘At the Margins of Modernism: Richardson, Woolf, Mansfield’, in Women: A Cultural Review, Vol.11: 1/2 (London: Routledge, 2000)
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